SDCC 12: Diamond offers incentives for new stores

Realizing that getting new stores out there is crucial to growing the comics business. Diamond has announced a couple of new programs to help get new stores up and running by softening the financial blow of assembling opening inventory. New business director Chris Powell announced these at todays Diamond retailer lunch. One program is allows […]

DC Comics Month-to-Month Sales: May 2012

With “New 52” numbers settled down (see here for a long-term breakdown), May marked a return to a variety of old-fashioned direct-market sales boosters: six of the loowest-selling “New 52” titles were replaced with new launches Earth-2, Worlds’ Finest, Dial H, G.I. Combat, The Ravagers and Batman, Incorporated; new creative teams (meaning Rob Liefeld, mostly) were instated on Hawkman, Deathstroke and Grifter, three of the lower-selling “New 52” books that haven’t been cancelled; Annuals for Batman, Animal Man and Teen Titans, three of the more popular “New 52” series; and, finally, four separate crossovers involving 21 titles, notably the “Court of Owls” storyline running through most of the Batman line.

And those tricks still work quite well, as it turns out: For the DC Universe imprint, average comic-book sales, total unit sales and total dollar sales soared back towards their highest respective levels since November 2011, which is pretty good. With Before Watchmen around the corner and September’s issue-#0 stunt and the next round of “New 52” replacements coming up, it seems safe to say that the publisher will be able to build on the ground recovered thanks to the “New 52” relaunch through the second half of 2012.

Doctor Talbot, I presume?

Bryan Talbot, author of one of the most diverse bodies of work in the contemporary comics canon (Luther Arkwright, Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland) is getting an honorary Doctorate of Letters for his body of work by Northumbria University at their annual degree ceremony in Newcastle. It’s being presented in a ceremony tomorrow. He’s already an honorary Doctor of Arts, having received it four years ago from Sunderland University. Bryan tells us this makes him the first British comic creator to be awarded a doctorate twice.